There are some experiences which change your life completely and make you into a different person than who you thought you were. If you're lucky, that experience might be a good one. If you're not, like Aaron Willis, then the experience will not be a good one.
The Attack on Aaron Willis
When he was 15 years old, Aaron was riding his bicycle home and got shot in the back. He never saw his attacker and never knew his motivation. It seems that Aaron was just in the wrong place at the wrong time given the senselessness of the shooting.
If you at least know why you were shot, you might be able to take some action against your attacker, but Aaron was completely in the dark. It's also physically and psychologically difficult to recover from a trauma of this sort. Aaron has been confined to a wheelchair as a result of the attack.
Aaron's Will to Live and Help Others
Despite the senselessness of the act, Aaron has not allowed the shooting to take away his will to live. Now, at 22, Aaron is a college student at Miami-Dade College. He takes classes with the help of his mother Katherine. He also goes for therapy 3 days a week. He has become an advocate against gun violence and he also plans on majoring in social work so that he can help others like himself.
About the shooting, he says, "The only thing it makes me say is that every day is a new opportunity that sounds better. Yesterday might be bad and yesterday you might be angry at the world but today's a new day and I wake up and I want to be more positive."
It's difficult enough for people who have not had any major trauma in their lives to be positive. But the fact that Aaron Willis can do it after everything he's been through is indeed an accomplishment.
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